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GTSABR 2017 Basketball Recruiting Rankings Top 100

GTSABR Top 100 PictureBy: Patrick Sisbarro

With the July recruiting period over, shoe tournaments and camps concluded, and players returning with gold medals across USA basketball, it is a good time for GTSABR’s basketball talent evaluators to make a 2017 recruiting ranking. The 2017 class is one of the deepest classes we have seen in a while, led by strong, athletic, and polished players at the top. There’s a lot of debate as to who the No. 1 player in 2017 is, but for us it is Michael Porter Jr. Porter’s freaky athleticism, coupled with his ability to drain threes and throw down monster jams propelled him to the top spot in our rankings. Porter was able to accumulate an impressive 22.8 PPG on 59% shooting and 10.9 RPG during the most recent EYBL circuit. He also led his team to a Peach Jam Title, obliterating the competition along the way. Coming in at number 2 in the rankings is DeAndre Ayton. Ayton is a versatile 7-footer who can score inside, run the floor, block shots, and much more. In addition, he has a solid mid-range game, with the ability to shoot the occasional 3-pointer. During the EYBL season, DeAndre averaged 19.5PPG on 60% shooting and 11.5RPG. During Peach Jam, he was able to lead California Supreme to the semifinals without 5-star teammate Brandon McCoy. Number 3 in our rankings is Atlanta’s own, Wendell Carter. Carter has a very polished game, where he excels at post-play, positioning, mid-range, and rebounding. During this past EYBL season, Carter was able to post 16.8PPG on 70% shooting and 10.2RPG. The big man was able to dominate fellow 5-stars DeAndre Ayton and Brandon McCoy during their regular season matchup, finishing with 30pts, 16 rebounds, and 6 blocks.

As Georgia Tech fans and with the Jackets in the mix for some high level players, we have bolded GT’s current targets in our Top 100. Georgia Tech’s new head coach, Josh Pastner, is hot on the trail and is currently involved with 10 players that made our rankings, including the top three players in the state: Wendell Carter, Collin Sexton, and MJ Walker.

Wendell Carter: 
Wendell is Georgia Tech’s top target and as stated above, excels at post-play, positioning, mid-range, and rebounding. Wendell cut his list to 8 this summer, and Georgia Tech made the cut. GT seems to be in a three-horse race with Duke and Harvard, with Duke the favorite.

Collin Sexton:
Collin Sexton, another Atlanta native, absolutely blew up this season in both high school and AAU. The priority combo guard target averaged an EYBL record 31.7PPG and was able to absolutely take over games. Collin is easily the best scorer in the nation and is also an underrated defender. He would be a perfect fit in Pastner’s uptempo offense and would be a program changer for GT. Collin cut his list to 10 in July and is said to be heavily considering Alabama, Kansas, Arizona, UF, and GT. The prolific guard visited GT a second time on August 27th with fellow Georgia 5-star, MJ Walker.

MJ Walker:
MJ Walker is a strong, athletic guard from Jonesboro, GA. On the Under Armour circuit this summer, MJ led the league in points per game with 20.7 on 47% shooting. Georgia Tech faces stiff competition from Maryland, but hopefully Walker was able to hit it off with 5-star Collin Sexton this past weekend. Those two committing to each other and GT would certainly bring the Jackets back to the level it once was.

Rayshaun Hammonds:
Rayshaun Hammonds is an athletic forward that is a priority recruit for the Jackets. He can beat you off the dribble or from the outside. The Norcross native is an excellent rebounder and can finish well in transition. Rayshaun had an impressive summer in the EYBL averaging 18.1PPG on 55% shooting and 7.9RPG. GT recently made the cut for his Top 9 schools and has hosted him for two unofficial visits, but did not receive an official visit.

Ikechukwu Obiagu:
Ikey Obiagu is a highly rated prospect with elite shot blocking skills and excellent defense. Obiagu’s offensive game is continually improving, and if his offensive game can catch up to his defensive game, he will become a very special player. Unfortunately, Ikey was dealing with injuries this summer, thus missing a lot of the EYBL season. Obiagu visited Georgia Tech unofficially in early August and has recently set an official visit for August 30th to September 1st. The Jackets are also in his Top 6 of GT, Maryland, Arizona, Baylor, FSU, and Cal.

Jose Alvarado:
Jose Alvarado is a key part of Pastner’s plan. The 5’10” point guard from New York looks to be the next great Georgia Tech point guard from New York after Stephon Marbury and Kenny Anderson. Jose is a winner and a competitor that will be a success wherever he goes.  This summer, he averaged 11PPG on 40% shooting, 4.5RPG, and 5.2APG in the EYBL. Jose was able to drain some threes as well, shooting 38%. Georgia Tech, Seton Hall, and Rutgers seem to be after Alvarado the hardest, but hopefully he can be the first chip to fall in the Pastner era.

Jordan Nwora:
Jordan Nwora is a 6’8 wing that can drain the three at will. Jordan is an important recruit for the Jackets and EYBL teammate Jose Alvarado could play a big role in convincing the sharpshooter to come to Atlanta. This summer Nwora 14.6PPG on 45% shooting and 40% from downtown.

  1. Michael Porter Jr. – SF – *****
  2. DeAndre Ayton – C – *****
  3. Wendell Carter – PF/C – *****
  4. Trevon Duval – PG – *****
  5. Kevin Knox – SF – *****
  6. Hamidou Diallo – SG – ****
  7. Collin Sexton – PG – *****
  8. Mohamed Bamba – C – *****
  9. Mitchell Robinson – C – *****
  10. Troy Brown – SF – *****
  11. Brandon McCoy – C – *****
  12. Billy Preston – PF – *****
  13. PJ Washington – *****
  14. Trae Young – PG – *****
  15. Gary Trent Jr. – SG – *****
  16. Brian Bowen – SF – *****
  17. Jarred Vanderbilt – PF – *****
  18. Austin Wiley – C – *****
  19. Lonnie Walker -SG – *****
  20. Quade Green – PG – *****
  21. Kris Wilkes – SF – *****
  22. Nick Richards – C – *****
  23. Jalek Felton – PG – *****
  24. Jeremiah Tilmon – C – *****
  25. MJ Walker – SG – *****
  26. Jaylen Hands – PG – *****
  27. Jaren Jackson – PF – *****
  28. Chaundee Brown – SG – *****
  29. Paul Scruggs – SG – ****
  30. Cody Riley – PF – ****
  31. Malik Williams – PF – ****
  32. Nick Weatherspoon – PG – ****
  33. John Petty – SF – ****
  34. Matt Coleman – PG – ****
  35. Makai Ashton-Langford – PG – ****
  36. Brandon Randolph – SG – ****
  37. Tremont Waters – PG – ****
  38. Chuma Okeke – SF – ****
  39. Daejon Davis – SG – ****
  40. DJ Harvey – SG – ****
  41. Jermaine Samuels – SF – ****
  42. Rayshaun Hammonds – PF – ****
  43. Isaiah Washington – PG – ****
  44. Jordan Tucker – SF – ****
  45. Kimani Lawrence – SF – ****
  46. Shai Alexander – PG – ****
  47. Nickeil Alexander-Walker – SG – ****
  48. Ethan Thompson – SG – ****
  49. Lindell Wigginton – SG – ****
  50. Ira Lee – PF – ****
  51. Jordan Goodwin – SG – ****
  52. Davion Mitchell – PG – ****
  53. Charles O’Bannon Jr. – SG – ****
  54. Jalen Hill – C – ****
  55. Jaylen Nowell – SG – ****
  56. Josh Anderson – SG – ****
  57. Savion Flagg – SF – ****
  58. Ikechukwu Obiagu – C – ****
  59. Naji Marshall – SF – ****
  60. Marcus Garrett – SG – ****
  61. Mitchell Ballock – SG – ****
  62. Daniel Gafford – C – ****
  63. Nate Watson – C – ****
  64. Alex O’Connell – SG – ****
  65. Derek Culver – PF – ****
  66. Lance Thomas – PF – ****
  67. Zach Brown – C – ****
  68. Jericho Sims – PF – ****
  69. Nojel Eastern – SF – ****
  70. Jase Febres – SG – ****
  71. Jordan Nwora – SF – ****
  72. Kaleb Wesson – C – ****
  73. Jemarl Baker – SG – ****
  74. Darryl Morsell – SG – ****
  75. Bruno Fernando – C – ****
  76. LJ Figueroa – SF – ****
  77. Chris Lykes – PG – ****
  78. Herb Jones – SG – ****
  79. Darius Perry – PG – ****
  80. Devontae Shuler – SG – ****
  81. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree – C – ****
  82. Royce Hamm – PF – ****
  83. Jose Alvarado – PG – ****
  84. Justin Smith – SF – ****
  85. Lavar Batts Jr. – PG – ****
  86. Xavier Tillman – PF – ****
  87. Kyle Young – PF – ****
  88. Nathan Reuvers – PF – ****
  89. Aamir Simms – SF – ****
  90. Alex Barcello – PG – ****
  91. Brad Davison – PG – ****
  92. Jay Jay Chandler – SG – ****
  93. Alex Reese – PF – ****`
  94. Tristan Clark – PF – ****
  95. Myles Cale – SG – ****
  96. Connor McCaffrey – SG – ****
  97. Elias Harden – SG – ****
  98. Eli Brooks – PG – ****
  99. Brady Manek – PF – ****
  100. Terrance Lewis – SF – ****
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